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Friday Bird Droppings: Where Manny Machado will or won't get traded today

This is day four of the Orioles Might Trade Manny Machado Era. In today's links, Duquette catches Rule 5 fever, fear of the Yankees, and more Machado takes.

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Hello, friends.

There are now 102 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day 2018. Today could be the day that Manny Machado gets traded! It also might not be the day that Machado gets traded. The chances are increased by the fact that I am seeing Star Wars tonight and will not be able to react to any news promptly. I swear, Dan Duquette knows.

By the way, if you've seen the new Star Wars already and want to talk about it with Camden Chatters, please visit the separate FanPost so that people who haven't seen the movie yet don't get spoiled. Thanks! And now, back to baseball.

It's an awfully strange time to be an Orioles fan right now, because the order we have known and loved for the past six seasons could be upended at a moment's notice. This was always going to happen sooner or later. There is no hiding from the inexorable march of time. With how the Chris Davis contract is turning out, maybe it should have started happening sooner.

Yet even though I always knew it had to happen eventually, I never wanted it to happen like this, the demolition after a return to failure. I always dreamed that there would be that grand success, and then players careers would take them elsewhere, after the triumphant moment of reflection, like the perpetrators of the heist in Ocean's Eleven at the end in front of the Bellagio fountain.

Not so for the Orioles. They were losers last season, because their starting rotation was once again bad, and as they have whiffed in their attempts to sign those pitchers they deigned to pursue, they are probably set up to be losers again next season. There is only one conclusion to draw about this situation. That doesn't mean we have to like it.

Around the blogO'sphere

Duquette not expecting immediate resolution to Machado talks (School of Roch)
By “immediate resolution” he just meant that nothing would be happening on Thursday. Sure enough, nothing happened. But at the end of the day, there’s another day dawning, and so here we are.

Orioles ready to trade Manny Machado - but fear a back channel to the Bronx (USA Today)
This is stupid enough that it could be true about the Orioles. I hope it’s not.

As Orioles ponder Manny Machado trade, who can kids in Baltimore call their hero? (Baltimore Sun)
The writer of this article is aware that baseball players make for bad heroes. He may have made a poor choice in getting his youngest son a Manny Machado shirsey for Christmas.

The Orioles should trade Manny Machado now (Sports Illustrated)
Tom Verducci thinks that there is no more time for the Orioles to waste.

Duquette on the club's three Rule 5 picks (Steve Melewski)
Even knowing that Duquette loves the Rule 5 draft, I never thought he would come home with three different players. Next year is going to be weird.

Orioles sign righty Michael Kelly to MLB roster (MLB Trade Rumors)
Not to get lost in the shuffle, the Orioles added former Padres farmhand Michael Kelly on an MLB contract, meaning the righty is now on the 40-man roster. He has never been good in Triple-A. Maybe Norfolk will treat him better.

Birthdays and anniversaries

There are three former Orioles with birthdays today. They are: Luis Montanez, who can hit (deal with it), 2003 starting pitcher Rick Helling, and 1957 four-gamer Eddie Robinson, who turns 97 years old today.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: noted fiddler and emperor Nero (37), Eiffel Tower co-designer Gustave Eiffel (1832), Getty Oil founder J. Paul Getty (1892), poet/activist Muriel Rukeyser (1913), Downton Abbey actress Michelle Dockery (1981), Daredevil actor Charlie Cox (1982), and Grey's Anatomy actress Camilla Luddington (1983).

On this day in history...

In 1161, after the Jin Chinese emperor Wanyan Liang invaded Song territory and suffered a defeat in the Battle of Caishi, the leaders of his army assassinated him in his camp.

In 1256, Hulagu Khan's Mongols broke into the Hashashin (assassin) stronghold at Alamut Castle in modern day Iran, in the process executing the last grand Hashashin leader.

In 1791, following its ratification by the Virginia General Assembly, the United States Bill of Rights became law. Maryland was the second state to ratify the amendments, nearly two years earlier.

In 1890, the Hunkpapa Lakota leader Sitting Bull was shot and killed by Indian agency police at Standing Rock reservation.

In 1939, Gone With the Wind, the movie, premiered in Atlanta, Georgia. It remains, to this day, the largest-grossing film of all time when adjusted for inflation.

In 1961, Nazi and Holocaust organizer Adolf Eichmann was found guilty of 15 charges by an Israeli court, including crimes against humanity, for his part in the Holocaust. He was executed the next June.

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And that's the way it is in Birdland on December 15 - or at least, unless something happens later... which it probably will when I'm in that theater a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Have a safe Friday, and may the Force be with you.